Calvary (R)

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Time Out says

Tue Jul 29

What do you tell a priest whom you plan to shoot point-blank between the eyes? “Say your prayers,” of course. John Michael McDonagh’s follow-up to 2011’s The Guard is a wickedly funny and Tarantino-esque black comedy—all fatalism and gallows humor but with a beating heart and an inquiring mind beneath its tough-guy bluster.

The mighty Brendan Gleeson, a visibly weathered actor, plays Father James. In the confession box, a man tells him how he was raped by a priest at the age of seven. That cleric is now dead, so it’s Father James who must pay. The mystery voice gives James seven days to put his affairs in order; the murder is set for next Sunday.

The film then becomes a sly, shaggy-dog mystery. McDonagh (whose brother, Martin, wrote and directed In Bruges) casts the best of Irish talent as the insane locals, a lineup of oddballs. Any one of them might be the would-be culprit: Is it the coke-snorting cynical local doctor (Aidan Gillen)? Or the intellectually challenged, racist butcher (Chris O’Dowd)?

You won’t find as many guffaws as McDonagh had in The Guard, and Calvary has its flaws: Not all the characters tickle, and it’s slipshod in places. McDonagh’s brand of surreal, paint-it-black humor is an acquired taste, smuggling in bigger questions—e.g., why would God create a serial killer? That’ll be a shade too dark for some. But everyone else can sit back and enjoy Gleeson’s career-best turn, an authentic heart-and-soul performance.

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Release details

Rated:

R

US release:

Fri Aug 1, 2014

Duration:

100 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

John Michael McDonagh

Screenwriter:

John Michael McDonagh

Cast:

Aidan Gillen, Chris O'Dowd, Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly

Movie Theaters showing Calvary

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  • Address:

    Classic Cinemas Charlestowne 18 3740 E Main St
    St. Charles

  • Venue phone:

    630-587-3300

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    1. Classic Cinemas Charlestowne 18
      • 3740 E Main St
        St. Charles
      • 630-587-3300
      • 41.92144,-88.271303
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  • Sun Sep 21:

    • 2:15pm
    • 4:30pm
    • 6:45pm
    • 9:00pm
  • Mon Sep 22:

    • 2:15pm
    • 4:30pm
    • 6:45pm
    • 9:00pm
  • Tue Sep 23:

    • 2:15pm
    • 4:30pm
    • 6:45pm
    • 9:00pm
  • Wed Sep 24:

    • 2:15pm
    • 4:30pm
    • 6:45pm
    • 9:00pm
  • Thu Sep 25:

    • 2:15pm
    • 4:30pm
  • Address:

    Evanston Century 12/CineArts 6 1715 Maple Ave
    Evanston

  • Venue phone:

    847-492-0123

  • Venue website:

    cinemark.com

  • Transport:

    El stop: Purple to Davis. Train: Union Pacific N to Davis.

  • Price:

    $9.50; after 6pm Fri and after 2pm Sat, Sun $10; seniors and kids $6.50; matinee $6.75; early-bird matinee $5.50

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    1. Evanston Century 12/CineArts 6
      • 1715 Maple Ave
        Evanston
      • 847-492-0123
      • cinemark.com
      • 42.048871,-87.684766
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Glen Theatre

540 Crescent Blvd, (at Forest Ave), Glen Ellyn Show map/details

  • Address:

    Glen Theatre 540 Crescent Blvd
    Glen Ellyn

  • Cross Street:

    at Forest Ave

  • Venue phone:

    (630) 415-1976

  • Venue website:

    glenarttheater.com

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  • Transport:

    Train info: Metra: Union-Pacific West Line to Glen Ellyn

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    1. Glen Theatre
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  • Sun Sep 21:

    • 1:30pm
    • 10:00pm
  • Mon Sep 22:

    • 1:30pm
    • 10:00pm
  • Tue Sep 23:

    • 1:30pm
    • 10:00pm
  • Wed Sep 24:

    • 1:30pm
    • 10:00pm
  • Thu Sep 25:

    • 1:30pm
    • 10:00pm

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